current status: On roster
#36 P | 6'4", 230 lbs. | Detroit
Birth Date:November 22, 1974 (39 years old) Place of Birth:Houston, TX Hometown:Middletown, NY
Drafted:Drafted by San Francisco in 1995 (6th round).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2013.
Drafted:Drafted by San Francisco in 1995 (6th round).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2013.
|Assets:||Has plenty of mound presence. Throws many strikes and does so early in counts. Can be consistent when used in the ninth inning.|
|Flaws:||Years of heavy appearance totals can get the better of him in terms of injuries. Lefty bats still make him somewhat vulnerable on the mound.|
|Career Potential:||Savvy veteran late-inning reliever.|
Career Honors & Awards
|AL||Rolaids Relief Man||2009 (Shared with Mariano Rivera)|
|Named to the All-Star Game||2012, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2004|
Movements & Injuries
|12/03/2013||Signed as a free agent by the Detroit Tigers to a two-year contract.|
|11/01/2013||Declined to exercise his contract option with the Texas Rangers for next season.|
|9/19/2012||Missed 4 games (right arm injury).|
|9/14/2012||Right arm injury, day-to-day.|
|8/07/2012||Missed 4 games (fatigue).|
|11/21/2011||Signed as a free agent by the Texas Rangers to a two-year contract.|
|10/30/2011||Declared free agent.|
|10/25/2011||Minnesota Twins declined their contract option for the 2012 season.|
|6/23/2011||Missed 23 games (right flexor strain).|
|5/28/2011||Right flexor strain, 15-day DL (retroactive to May 24th, 2011).|
|11/03/2010||Missed all 162 regular season and all 3 playoff games (Tommy John surgery).|
|4/14/2010||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (Tommy John surgery).|
|3/31/2010||Tommy John surgery, early September (retroactive to March 26th, 2010).|
|3/24/2008||Signed by the Minnesota Twins to a three-year contract extension with a club option for 2012.|
|10/29/2007||Minnesota Twins exercised their club option for the 2008 season.|
|3/04/2005||Re-signed by the Minnesota Twins to a two-year contract.|
|3/05/2004||Re-signed by the Minnesota Twins to a two-year contract.|
|11/14/2003||Acquired from the San Francisco Giants.|
|3/02/2003||Re-signed by the San Francisco Giants to a one-year contract.|
|10/02/2002||Did not make the 25-man playoff roster.|
|9/03/2002||Recalled from Fresno (AAA).|
|3/27/2001||Optioned to Fresno (AAA).|
|12/03/2013||Signed as a free agent by the Detroit Tigers.|
|11/21/2011||Signed as a free agent by the Texas Rangers.|
|11/14/2003||San Francisco Giants traded Joe Nathan, Boof Bonser and Francisco Liriano to the Minnesota Twins for A.J. Pierzynski and a player to be named or cash considerations.|
|6/01/1995||Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 6th round (159th overall) in 1995.|
Joe Nathan thinks he's over 'dead arm' | 04/18/2014 11:03 AM
NewsJoe Nathan said his arm felt "a lot livelier" while recording a save during a perfect inning Thursday.
ImpactNathan admitted last week that he was going through a "dead arm" phase, but it sounds like it could be behind him. "Today was more how I felt, being able to finish," Nathan said Thursday. "My velocity is what it's going to be, but moreso I was locating where I wanted to. But it did feel like it was a lot livelier. There's different 91s, different 92s, but today, at least finishing pitches, it felt like it was jumping out of my hand better."
Nathan has ugly blown save against Dodgers | 04/10/2014 2:35 AM
NewsJoe Nathan imploded Wednesday against the Dodgers, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks.
ImpactEntering a 6-3 game, Nathan coughed up a leadoff homer to Adrian Gonzalez and then walked Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp consecutively. Juan Uribe moved both up with a single that loaded the bases with no outs. Nathan struck out pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig, and then induced a Scott Van Slyke fielder's choice ground out to third that plated Ethier. Dee Gordon's single tied the affair and Nathan mercilessly watched as Carl Crawford's bloop fly ended up in Rajai Davis' glove. The 39-year-old told the media he had "dead arm" before Wednesday's game, commenting: "It's not even newsworthy." Perhaps he's unaware that the alternate explanation for his struggles is far worse -- the end always comes unexpectedly. It's too early to say, obviously, but Nathan owns a 12.27 ERA and 2.73 WHIP over his first four outings. Because of baseball's antiquated way of awarding wins, fantasy owners can at least take solace in his 2-0 record, including the victory tonight.
Joe Nathan blows save but Tigers still win | 04/02/2014 4:43 PM
NewsJoe Nathan suffered his first blown save as a Tiger Wednesday, allowing a run on a hit and two walks.
ImpactNathan looked a little off from the get-go in this appearance. Trying to protect a 1-0 lead, he gave up a one-out single and then issued back-to-back walks before an Alex Gordon sac fly tied the game. Nathan then committed a balk but was able to escape further damage before the Tigers eventually won in the 10th. He showed last season that he can get by with diminished velocity, but Nathan will have to have better command than he did in this one.
Joe Nathan gives up four runs in loss | 03/23/2014 5:03 PM
NewsJoe Nathan gave up four runs in one-third of an inning Sunday to take a loss in relief.
ImpactNathan's velocity hasn't been the greatest this spring, but that's typical for him; he usually dials it up a bit once the season gets started. Despite that, he had allowed just two hits in six scoreless innings prior to today. We're unconcerned.
Joe Nathan getting two years, $20M from DET | 12/03/2013 3:31 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Joe Nathan's two-year contract with the Tigers is worth around $20 million.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactNathan declined his $9.5 million option with the Rangers after the season in hopes of finding a multi-year deal in free agency. Not only did he find it with Detroit, but he's also getting more money per year. It's well deserved after he posted a 2.09 ERA over the past two seasons.
Tigers, Joe Nathan reach two-year deal | 12/03/2013 11:53 AM
NewsCBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers will give a two-year deal to Joe Nathan.
Jon Heyman on Twitter
ImpactExact terms aren't yet available. It's not often that you see a two-year deal for a 39-year-old closer, but Nathan has been in near-vintage form after making his way back from Tommy John surgery. He'll remain one of the top fantasy closers on a talented team in Detroit.
Report: Tigers close to signing Joe Nathan | 12/03/2013 11:18 AM
NewsAccording to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi, the Tigers are close to signing closer Joe Nathan.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactNo word on the terms involved. The Tigers have been a logical fit all along, but the Doug Fister deal cleared the appropriate salary to get a deal done. Nathan has posted a 2.09 ERA over the past two seasons while going 80-for-86 in save chances, so he should be an upgrade in the closer role for Detroit.
Joe Nathan likes Tigers, Angels, Yankees | 11/18/2013 5:36 PM
NewsJoe Nathan said during an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Monday that he sees the Tigers, Angels, and Yankees as possible fits.
Jim Bowden on Twitter
ImpactAll three teams are logical designations, but nothing appears to be imminent. Nathan turned down his part of a mutual option with the Rangers following the season and hopes to land a multi-year contract on the open market.
Yankees have been in contact with Joe Nathan | 11/15/2013 12:27 PM
NewsAndy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Yankees have "had contact" with Joe Nathan.
ImpactThe club has refused to anoint David Robertson as their new ninth inning man following the retirement of Mariano Rivera, as they want to see what's available via free agency first. They've also been in contact with Grant Balfour's reps. Nathan is also drawing heavy interest from the Tigers.
'Mutual interest' between Tigers, Joe Nathan | 11/11/2013 6:42 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that "mutual interest has developed already" between the Tigers and Joe Nathan.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactAfter Nathan declined his 2014 option earlier this month, the speculation that he could sign with the Tigers was immediate. It makes a ton of sense for both sides, as the Tigers are World Series contenders but are looking for some stability at the back-end of the bullpen. Nathan is coming off a season where he put up a 1.39 ERA while striking out over a batter per inning.
Nathan 'absolutely perfect fit' for Detroit | 11/05/2013 9:56 AM
NewsESPN's Buster Olney wrote that free agent closer Joe Nathan would "be an absolutely perfect fit" for the Tigers.
Buster Olney on Twitter
ImpactNathan, of course, pitched for several years in the AL Central as a member of the Twins. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said over the weekend that his team will pursue an experienced closer this winter. Joaquin Benoit is an option, but most expect the incumbent to be replaced from outside the organization. Nathan is the best option on the free agent market. It's going to take multiple years to acquire his signature.
Rangers unlikely to bring back Joe Nathan | 11/03/2013 9:42 AM
NewsRangers general manager Jon Daniels indicated Friday that the club is unlikely to re-sign Joe Nathan.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
ImpactNathan became a free agent when he declined his portion of the $9.5 million mutual option for 2014. He'd like to return to the Rangers on a two-year deal, but the team would rather spend their money elsewhere and is confident in the other options they have at closer. "We feel like the bullpen in general is an area of strength for us and an area of depth," Daniels said. "I would expect our closer, ultimately, to be, barring something unforeseen at this point, somebody already in the organization." Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz, Tanner Scheppers and Alexi Ogando are options to close for Texas in 2014.
Joe Nathan declines mutual option for 2014 | 11/01/2013 5:22 PM
NewsRHP Joe Nathan declined his $9.5 million mutual option for 2014.
Anthony Andro on Twitter
ImpactNathan wants to re-sign with the Rangers but wants to do so on a multi-year deal. The Rangers are open to bringing him back, but they also believe they have some worthy replacements in case something can't be worked out. Nathan will turn 39 later this month, but he should be able to get a two-year deal after posting a 1.39 ERA and striking out over a batter per inning this season.
Rangers expect Joe Nathan to decline option | 10/18/2013 1:41 PM
NewsThe Rangers expect Joe Nathan to decline his $9.5 million option for 2014.
ImpactNathan triggered the option when he appeared in his 55th game of the season last month. He remains interested in staying with the Rangers but wants to do so on a multi-year deal. Meanwhile, the Rangers are preparing possible backup plans in Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers. The club hasn't given up hope on Feliz as a starter, but his 2014 role remains up in the air.
Joe Nathan looking for multi-year deal | 09/21/2013 9:38 AM
NewsJoe Nathan has indicated his desire to remain with the Rangers, but would like to secure a multi-year deal.
ImpactNathan appeared in his 55th game of the season on Thursday, triggering an option in his contract where he can void the Rangers $9.5 million option for 2014 and become a free agent if he desires. Nathan noted that the incentive is in place solely to gain bargaining power in securing a multi-year deal, and maintains that he'd rather stay with the Rangers that move elsewhere.
Nathan earns 33rd save, Rangers beat Angels | 08/06/2013 1:25 AM
NewsJoe Nathan notched his 33rd save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning against the Angels on Monday.
ImpactThe veteran closer walked a batter and struck out another. The Rangers interestingly shopped Nathan prior to the trading deadline, but ended up holding onto the 38-year-old. That was probably for the best, as Nathan boasts a 1.58 ERA and 0.90 WHIP through 48 appearances.
Report: Tigers interested in Joe Nathan | 07/28/2013 10:08 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports the Tigers have been involved in trade talks for Joe Nathan.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactThe Rangers have had internal discussions about possibly trading Nathan, but there hasn't been any momentum towards a deal and the Tigers are unlikely to meet their asking price. Nathan, 38, currently ranks third in the AL with 32 saves and has 1.73 ERA in 44 appearances. If traded, he would likely be replaced by Joakim Soria.
Rangers may be willing to listen on Nathan | 07/27/2013 11:49 PM
NewsThe Rangers have had internal discussions about possibly trading closer Joe Nathan, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
ImpactSuch a move would be a huge shock for a team intent on making a World Series run. Nathan has 32 saves and a 1.73 ERA this season, and he was the American League's closer in the All-Star game just a few weeks ago. While it still seems to be a longshot, it's worth monitoring the situation in the coming days. Rosenthal suggested Joakim Soria could fill in as the team's closer if Nathan does end up getting moved.
Nathan suffers second blown save vs. Yankees | 07/23/2013 11:45 PM
NewsJoe Nathan blew his second save of the season on Tuesday, allowing two runs in 2/3 of an inning against the Yankees.
ImpactNathan got an out before walking Vernon Wells, allowing a triple to Eduardo Nunez and surrendering a single to Brent Lillibridge -- not exactly a murderer's row of batters. Even so, the blown save was his first since May 26 and he's converted 31 of 33 chances on the season. He may be in for a bit of regression from his 1.74 ERA, but there's no reason to be concerned about the 38-year-old.
RP Joe Nathan has a 0.73 ERA since May 15 | 07/21/2013 2:54 PM
NewsJoe Nathan has posted a 0.73 ERA over 25 appearances since May 15.
ImpactThe veteran closer has given up just two runs over 24 2/3 innings in that span, restraining batters to a diseased .103/.145/.154 slash line and posting a 27/4 K/BB rate. Nathan, 38, is third in the American League with 30 saves. He remains one of the game's elite closers.
Nathan has allowed just one run since May 26 | 07/10/2013 8:59 PM
NewsJoe Nathan has allowed just one run since May 26.
ImpactIn 20 appearances over that span, Nathan has failed to strike out a batter in just two games. The veteran right-hander has posted an amazing 1.36 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 42/10 K/BB rate over 39 2/3 innings. He's first in the American League with 30 saves and has a chance to surpass his career-high of 47 saves, set in 2009 as a member of the Twins.
Nathan notches his 25th save of the season | 06/24/2013 2:49 AM
NewsJoe Nathan notched his 25th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning against the Cardinals on Sunday.
ImpactThe veteran right-hander made things interesting, allowing two hits. With runners on first and second and just one out in a 2-1 game, extra innings was a possibility, which just seemed cruel to all parties involved after a three-hour delay pushed the Sunday Night Baseball game into the early-morning hours and past the six-hour mark. Thankfully for Texas, Pete Kozma lined out to third and Shane Robinson was doubled off second to end the marathon. Nathan, the ageless wonder, has a 1.67 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and a 32/10 K/BB rate over 34 appearances.
Joe Nathan nails down 19th save | 06/09/2013 4:29 PM
NewsJoe Nathan recorded his 19th save of the season with a scoreless inning in Sunday's win over the Blue Jays.
ImpactIt wasn't easy, as Nathan allowed a leadoff walk before the next batter reached on an error. But, after a sac bunt, Nathan struck out Jose Bautista and then got Edwin Encarnacion to pop out to end it. The veteran closer has been excellent this season, sporting a 1.78 ERA and 0.83 WHIP while converting 19 of 20 save chances.
Nathan blows first save of 2013 vs. Mariners | 05/27/2013 4:37 AM
NewsJoe Nathan blew his first save in Sunday's 13-inning loss to the Mariners.
ImpactNathan allowed a solo homer to Raul Ibanez in the 11th inning, erasing a one-run lead. Seattle won two frames later. Nathan is 16-for-17 in save conversions to go with a 2.21 ERA and 0.98 WHIP over 22 appearances.
Joe Nathan earns 12th save against A's | 05/15/2013 1:56 AM
NewsJoe Nathan notched a save despite giving up a run in the 10th against the A's on Tuesday.
ImpactFortunately for Nathan, Seth Smith's first bid for a double with two men on was pulled just foul. Smith followed that up with an actual double, but unlike the first one, it wasn't in a spot that could score John Jaso as the tying run from first. Nathan then got out of the jam from there. He's been a bit shaky with his velocity down this year, but he still has a nice enough 2.40 ERA to go along with his 12 saves.
Nathan gets ninth save, Rangers top Brewers | 05/08/2013 11:16 PM
NewsJoe Nathan collected his ninth save of the season Wednesday in the Rangers' win over the Brewers.
ImpactNathan allowed a double to Carlos Gomez but retired the other three batters he faced. He has a stellar 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 13/2 K/BB ratio through 12 innings this season and should remain an elite fantasy closer all year.
Nathan pitches in non-save situation Saturday | 05/04/2013 11:24 PM
NewsJoe Nathan pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 5-1 win for the Rangers over the Red Sox on Saturday.
ImpactIt was a non-save situation for the Rangers closer, who hadn't pitched in a week before the outing. The Rangers had only won two games in that time, and neither were close enough to warrant use of the veteran. His sparing use isn't a commentary on his standing with the club -- the next time the Rangers need a save, we're betting it's Nathan who gets the call.
Nathan allows homer, converts eighth save | 04/26/2013 11:09 PM
NewsJoe Nathan served up a homer to Oswaldo Arcia in the ninth inning on Friday, but was still able to convert his eighth save of the season.
ImpactNathan entered with two men on base and the Rangers leading 4-0, but Arcia's three-run homer made things much closer. Still, the veteran stopper battled back and preserved the one-run victory. He now owns a 2.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 10/1 K/BB ratio on the season, and remains one of the finest closers in the league.
Joe Nathan moves to 7-for-7 in save chances | 04/25/2013 11:31 PM
NewsJoe Nathan picked up his seventh save in seven opportunities Thursday with a scoreless ninth against the Twins.
ImpactNathan's velocity remains down, and he's throwing more breaking balls to compensate. So far, it's working just fine for him, as he's allowed one run in 8 1/3 innings. He doesn't really look dominant, though.
Joe Nathan 3-for-3 in save chances | 04/12/2013 2:14 PM
NewsJoe Nathan has converted all three of his save chances while boasting a 1.80 ERA and 6/1 K/BB ratio over five frames this season.
ImpactThe lone run Nathan allowed came in an outing against the Rays Monday that could have been worse if not for Marty Foster's generous strike three call. Still, the 38-year-old has been lights-out otherwise and is on his way to again being one of the better fantasy closers this season.
Joe Nathan to take it easy this spring | 02/14/2013 7:28 PM
NewsJoe Nathan will be about a week behind the other Rangers' pitchers during spring training.
Dallas Morning News
ImpactNathan isn't injured, but the team just wants to bring the 38-year-old along slowly. He is the only one of the 31 healthy Rangers pitchers not to throw a live batting practice session yet. "At the age he is, we just want to make sure that any bullets we use down here are necessary," manager Ron Washington said. Nathan will be the team's closer again in 2013 after saving 37 games while posting a 2.80 ERA and 78/13 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings last season.
Joe Nathan turns down invite to WBC | 01/16/2013 3:22 PM
NewsJoe Nathan declined an invitation to pitch for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
ImpactNathan is 38 years old and two years removed from Tommy John surgery, so his primary focus is pitching for the Rangers. "I respectfully declined," Nathan told ESPN Dallas via text. "It was a huge honor to be asked and I feel good, but I want to do right by the Rangers."
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|Date||Team||Opp||GS||DEC||YTD W||YTD L||YTD SV||YTD ERA||CG||SHO||IP||H||R||ER||HR||BB||K||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|Most Innings Pitched (Relief)||1.0||7 times-last:vs. Ana||last:Apr 20||1.1|
|Most Strikeouts (Relief)||2||2 times-last:vs. Ana||last:Apr 20||3|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Innings Pitched||93.1||2000 (SF)|
|Games Started||15||2000 (SF)|
|Hits Allowed||89||2000 (SF)|
|Runs Allowed||63||2000 (SF)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||54||2000 (SF)|
|Home Runs Allowed||17||1999 (SF)|
|Earned Run Average||1.33*||2008 (Min)|